Mandarin Orange Chicken Recipe -
Mandarin Orange Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Mandarin Orange Chicken

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"A pretty and tasty dish that's easy and quick! Serve with rice."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. Place flour in a small bowl. Dredge chicken in the flour to lightly coat.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a medium skillet over medium heat, and saute the chicken breasts until no longer pink and juices run clear. Set aside, and keep warm.
  3. Stir hoisin sauce and orange juice into the skillet, and scrape up the browned bits. Mix in mandarin oranges, green onions, and cashews, Return chicken to the skillet. Continue cooking until all ingredients are heated through.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 24, 2004

This is a great recipe! I cut the chicken into little strips. I also used 1 cup of orange juice and let the sauce reduce a little until it was thick and sticky. Served over rice with some chow mein noodles sprinkled over the top, this is a great weeknight meal!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 28, 2007

After reading the reviews, I modified this because my husband is a "texture" guy and I didn't think he would like chunks of oranges. Instead of the mandarin oranges and orange juice, I added orange zest (approx. 1 tsp) and then squeezed 2/3 C juice from the oranges and added that to the sauce. This added the perfect amount of orange flavor without the extra calories of the orange marmalade alternative. I also cooked the chicken in olive oil and sesame oil instead of butter for a more asian flavor. I tossed in some broccoli toward the end and let the sauce thicken. It tastes better than takeout! You might want to toss in the cashews right before serving (or if reheating in the microwave, add after nuking) because they lose their crunchiness if they get cooked too long or microwaved.

Jan 22, 2003

My husband loved this! It was orangey without being too sweet. For homemade chinese food, it was pretty easy, too.

Jun 13, 2003

This is easy and delish. A nice light meal great for summer dinner or company sunday lunch.

Mar 22, 2004

Great sauce! I used only two chicken breasts but the full recipe of sauce. Glad I did because my husband & I couldn't get enough of it. I added garlic powder, salt and pepper to the flour and more OJ than the recipe called for (added more as the sauce reduced). Just the right combination of sweet and spicy. THanks!!!

Jan 22, 2003

I dont have any kids, but i did, i think htis would be okay for them. its really easy and quick, but its not the authentic chinese taste, if that's what youre looking for. you can try putting orange zest of you dont have any mandarin oranges. its an average american version of orange chicken.

Jan 22, 2003

This recipe was great, I used chicken tenders instead of breasts. If you can't find tenders cut breasts in 1 1/2 in strips.

Feb 25, 2004

Wonderful! When I have a craving for the deep-fried version at Chinese take-outs, I make this. I add a little Chinese Five Spice powder to deepen the flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 403 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 84 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 18.8 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 30.8 g
  • 62%
  • Sodium
  • 519 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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